Steven Carrillo, a U.S. Air Force veteran allegedly connected to the “Boogaloo” extremists, has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a federal guard, and attempting to murder another, Law And Crime reported Monday.
Citing court documents, the news outlet reported that “authorities previously linked defendant Steven Carrillo, 33, to the far-right, anti-government “Boogaloo” movement.
Prosecutors said Carrillo “fired approximately 19 rounds from a white van, killing Protective Services Officer Dave Patrick Underwood, 53, and injuring another guard, officials said Friday. The case against Robert Alvin Justus Jr., who allegedly served as the driver, is ongoing,” according to the report.
Carrillo admitted in court to staging the attack at an Oakland federal courthouse in the wake of 2020 protests and unrest after then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was seen on video violently arresting George Floyd and that he targeted police officers.
“I aligned myself with the anti-government movement and wanted to carry out violent acts against federal law enforcement officers in particular,” adding that he wanted to take advantage of the riots happening in the wake of George Floyd’s death, authorities said.
“Go to the riots and support our own cause,” he said in the DOJ’s account. “Show them the real targets. Use their anger to fuel our fire. Think outside the box. We have mobs of angry people to use to our advantage.”
UPDATE: Steven Carrillo set to plead guilty in connection w/shooting death of security officer Dave Underwood at Oakland Fed Bldg., week after @USAO_NDCA said it won’t seek the death penalty. Carrillo was @Travis60AMW staff sgt. also accused of fatally shooting @SantaCruzS01 sgt pic.twitter.com/AkNiAcmfOC
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